The 2022 Sunday Afternoon Classical Series on the Bowery Stage at 200 Market St. Winnsboro, Texas will feature two extraordinary string quartets; Mercury Chamber Quartet will perform at 2:30 pm September 11 and Axiom String Quartet will perform at 2:30 pm October 2. Purchased tickets will be valid for both Sunday Afternoon Classical Series concerts.
Tickets and concert information can be found under the Bowery Stage section at www.winnsborocenterforthearts.com.
Mercury Chamber Quartet will be performing Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik and other Mozart divertimentos. Mercury is a groundbreaking chamber ensemble that seeks to redefine the orchestra with performances that faithfully present the music of great composers in settings that make audience members an equal part of the experience – not simply a spectator.
Mercury was started by four friends in the year 2000 as an intimate chamber ensemble with the goal to enrich and entertain Houston audiences with an exciting repertoire of music performed on period instruments. What began as a grassroots effort over lunch at a local restaurant has blossomed into a lively chamber orchestra beloved by the community. In 2013, Mercury rebranded and expanded its repertoire to include works outside of the Baroque period. In this evolution, the goal remains the same. Their mission is to serve the community by celebrating the power of music through teaching, sharing, and performing with passion, intimacy, and excellence.
Mercury continues to receive critical and audience acclaim for innovative and welcoming performances, while also impacting the lives of young Houstonians through award-winning music education programs.
Axiom String Quartet will play a collection of classical tunes that have peasant or rural undertones. The individual players of Axiom have decades of combined experience performing internationally as soloists, chamber musicians, and in orchestral performance. The quartet serves as outreach ambassador for Chamber Music Houston. Axiom performs with the nationally recognized “Harmony in the Air” program and presents weekly concerts at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Recent major projects include the release of their first album Axioms – Moments of Truth, which was a commercial success and sold out within 24 hours of being released on Amazon, a tour of 12 concerts in 20 days throughout China in the summer or 2018, and a tour of the Midwest U.S. in the fall of 2019 where the group gave masterclasses and appeared as soloists with university orchestras in the region.